Not all outcomes of the recession were negative. As the North American market shrank, the industry saw a significant increase in the number of national and global institutional and private collaborations and people getting creative about funding and seeking partnerships to pool resources.
Diminishing levels of grant funding, coupled with a higher level of fiscal responsibility, are...
A generation ago, wet lab space would’ve included fixed casework, dense with lab benches,...
Hundreds of years after wealthy merchants began building the tall, narrow brick houses that have come to define Amsterdam's skyline, Dutch architects are updating the process for the 21st century: fabricating pieces of a canal house out of plastic with a giant 3-D printer and slotting them together like oversized Lego blocks.
In tough economic times, construction projects are often early victims to budget cuts. During the recent recession, research labs were no exception as many lab construction projects were delayed or canceled. However, lab owners and architectural and engineering firms note that the lab construction business is slowly resurging.
In its 48th year, the Laboratory of the Year Awards continue to recognize excellence in research laboratory design, planning and construction. This annual international competition receives entries from the best new and renovated laboratories.
Big 10 to Big 3: How a new building is redefining research, collaboration and resource management at Univ. of Minn.February 10, 2014 11:37 am | by Gregory Cha Fong, AIA | Articles | Comments
Long committed to the advancement of health sciences, the Univ. of Minnesota has a legacy of pioneering biomedical research and discovery. Its Academic Health Center comprises one of the largest, most comprehensive health centers in the country, incorporating six professional schools, five allied health programs and 15 interdisciplinary centers.
Building information modeling (BIM) is an integrated process that helps architects, engineers, builders and owners explore a project’s key physical and functional characteristics digitally—helping them gain valuable insight to improve the way projects are planned, designed, built and managed. Information in a BIM-based workflow can be stored in a series of inter-linked databases that facilitate easy sharing of information.
One of the toughest transitions in delivering any construction project is making the handoff from construction to occupancy. To avoid frustration and make a smooth transition requires active tracking and management of cost and schedule, formalized processes for maintaining and assuring quality and an organized compilation of the information that will be required to operate and maintain the facility.
BIM 360 Glue, a cloud-based solution from Autodesk extends the BIM process from design to construction by providing all stakeholders access to project information for model coordination and clash detection via desktop, mobile and Web.
IPS-Integrated Project Services Inc. (IPS), a leading, full-service firm helping clients succeed with capital projects and improve operations, announced the strengthening of its Construction Div. with the appointment of Frank DiBiano, Project Executive, to lead the expansion of its New Jersey operations.
The university’s new science building houses 65,000 sf of classroom, office and support space as well as teaching and research labs, with plans to build out a vivarium and greenhouse as future funding allows. The three-story buildingseeks the state’s Georgia Peach Green Building Rating System certification for energy efficiency and sustainability.
The new S$75 million Keppel-NUS Corporate Laboratory was recently launched in Singapore. One of its research aims is to develop technological solutions to meet the challenges of oil and gas exploration and production in harsh environments like the Arctic. The new lab will be based at the NUS Faculty of Engineering.
When the Univ. of California, San Diego (UCSD) embarked on the construction of its 196,000-sf Health Sciences Biomedical Research Facility, the priority was to support collaborative teamwork and a “project-first” approach to delivering an on-time, high-quality, high-performance building that met LEED certification goals.
Celgene’s 115,000-sf Warm Core and Shell Laboratory Tenant Improvement project in San Diego, Calif., had its challenges right from the outset—beginning with the owner implementing a design-bid-build method to maintain control of the design. The design and construction time frame was extremely compressed with 11 weeks from start of design development to the issued for permit set.
Energy audits and energy models play a critical role in providing the design team with important insight about how an existing building is operating. Energy audits and models also allow the team to evaluate retrofit feasibility and potential energy-conservation measures (ECMs). However, a lack of audit process standards means that incomplete or inaccurate data is sometimes collected.
Energy modeling was used to design the building envelope. EBB will feature photovoltaic panels to harness natural heat energy expanding Georgia Tech’s investment in renewable energy sources. The building will also harvest rain water and building condensation that will be used for grey water and irrigation.
In tough economic times, construction projects are often early victims to budget cuts--research labs are no exception. To gain insight into how the current economy has influenced or re-focused lab design projects, Laboratory Design sent out a survey to AEC firms asking for perspectives on current and near-future trends.
Located in a large office park in Nashville, Tenn., Aegis Sciences Corp.’s new Wilma Rudolph Sports Testing Laboratory represents one of the nation’s most technologically advanced drug-testing facilities. The forensic lab, support spaces and corporate offices were created through adaptive reuse of an existing 63,000-sf office/warehouse facility.
For nearly 150 years, internationally based Mane Inc. has been perfecting the art of flavor and fragrance R&D and manufacturing, employing 3,000 people at nearly 40 innovation centers throughout the world. Mane bases its North American operations in southwestern Ohio, creating a mix of innovative technologies and state-of-the-art techniques for its customers in the U.S. and Canada.
At the time this report was compiled in June 2013, construction costs continue to show an increase. Overall, costs have risen about 2.6% from 2012, and construction costs in the R&D sector have risen about 2.6% since January 2012. Construction costs are expected to rise around 4% during 2013 going into year 2014. This percentage of increase is the same as 2012’s report, and shows promise of a steady positive path.
There is an increasing awareness of the need to provide building owners with a BIM model that instructs and reinforces the operations and management of laboratories and high-technology facilities, especially in achieving sustainable performance.
The 18,000-gsf MAXLAB received its LEED Gold certification based on a number of green construction and operation features, including a rainwater harvest tank, motion sensors, use of daylighting in interior laboratory space, thermally improved ‘cool’ roof, thermally improved precast sandwich panel building envelope, aluminum exterior sunshades and individual thermostat controls in each office.
In recognition of the team’s innovative use of energy modeling, close collaboration with the client and architect, and outstanding quality and safety records, the Carbon Neutral Energy Solutions (CNES) Laboratory at the Georgia Institute of Technology wins Gilbane’s coveted award.
The University at Buffalo (UB) has unveiled HOK's design for its new School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences building on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. The seven-story, 500,000 ft2 medical school will be one of the largest buildings constructed in Buffalo in decades.
Howard University and Turner Construction Company, along with the project team of Brailsford & Dunlavey, HDR Architecture, and Lance Bailey & Associates, will break ground on a new Interdisciplinary Research Building (IRB) on April 18, 2013.
AIA announced the winners of the 2013 AIA TAP BIM Awards program, which highlights best practices in the utilization of BIM technology. The 2013 AIA TAP BIM Award recipient is the Health Science Education Building, Pheomix Biomedical Campus, Los Angeles. The winners will be honored during the AIA National Convention in Denver on June 19, 2013.
Why haven’t you signed up for the Lab Design Conference yet? Time is running out to reserve your space at this annual, lab design/planning/building event. This year's Lab Design Conference will be held April 8-10, 2013 in Houston. NOTE: The discounted room block ends on March 15th. Book your hotel reservation before this deadline to save!
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